Ir­ish ace is Mad for it at As­cot

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

AR MAD can floor Un De Sceaux in what looks set to be a shoot-out for the Clarence House Chase at As­cot.

The Ir­ish raider is rightly favourite, but it is equally cor­rect to as­sume we have not yet seen the best of the Gary Moore-trained Ar Mad, who still has the po­ten­tial to be a real top-notcher.

His come­back to be fourth to Un De Sceaux in the Tin­gle Creek at Sandown was a fair ef­fort after an ab­sence of nearly 300 days, par­tic­u­larly as hav­ing led at a fierce gal­lop he clat­tered one at half­way.

Although he lost his place and looked well beaten with three to jump, he ac­tu­ally stayed on again from the last, leav­ing Moore to state af­ter­wards he was the horse to take out of the race.

In fact, there was talk about sup­ple­ment­ing the bold-jump­ing seven-year-old, whose only other de­feat over fences came on his de­but, for the King Ge­orge as stamina is not seen as an is­sue, but com­mon sense pre­vailed and he will go over a longer trip at some point in the fu­ture.

This is a fur­long and a bit more than the Tin­gle Creek, any­way, and if his jump­ing holds up at pace like it did when he won the Henry VIII at Sandown last sea­son, he can re­ally put it up to Un De Sceaux and Ruby Walsh.

Ja­leo is taken to make the most of a re­cov­ery mis­sion in the Kelt­bray Hol­loway’s Hand­i­cap Hur­dle.

Ben Paul­ing’s five-year-old was a strong fancy for the Lan­zarote Hur­dle at Kemp­ton last week­end but crashed out at the first.

The four-year-old had made his sea­sonal re­turn, and first start for the Bour­ton-on-the-Wa­ter han­dler since join­ing from John Fer­gu­son, a win­ning one at Ling­field ear­lier this month.

He won with plenty in hand and, if avoid­ing a re­peat of any mishaps, a 7lb hike may not be enough to stop this lightly-raced in­di­vid­ual from bank­ing a nice prize.

Kyle­more Lough should give a good ac­count in the bet365 Hand­i­cap Chase, which car­ries added prize-money of #70,000.

Kerry Lee’s pride and joy is a Grade One win­ner from a raid to Ire­land last sea­son that looks even bet­ter now than it did at the time, as Out­lander, whom he beat a length at level weights, won the Lexus at Christ­mas and is in Gold Cup con­tention.

Lee’s run­ner has had just the two starts since that note­wor­thy suc­cess in

March, most re­cently when fifth in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Chel­tenham, where a mis­take three out blighted his chance.

That he re­cov­ered to lead is to his credit, but con­nec­tions are of the view that took the stuff­ing out of him.

There is clearly a valu­able hand­i­cap in him off this mark of 155, which is hand­ily a pound lower than at Chel­tenham.

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